Navigation Links
Retired Military Brass Support First Lady's Call to Reduce Child Obesity, Improve Nutrition
Date:2/9/2010

Military brass support improved school nutrition to cut obesity, ensure qualified recruits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- General Johnnie E. Wilson, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Lieutenant General Norman Seip, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), said Tuesday that preventing child obesity is a matter of national security, noting that being overweight has become the Number 1 reason why potential recruits are unable to enlist in the armed services. The generals' comments came in support of First Lady Michelle Obama, who announced a new national campaign to combat child obesity.

The generals noted that according to the Pentagon, 75 percent of young Americans ages 17 to 24 are unable to serve in the United States military largely because they either are physically unfit, lack a high school diploma, or have a criminal record. The generals added that 27 percent of prospective recruits are not able to join the military because they are overweight, making weight problems the single biggest factor limiting the pool of potential recruits. In the past 30 years, child obesity rates have more than tripled.  One in three American children (10 to 17) is now overweight or obese.  

"Child obesity has become so serious that many of us in the military see the problem as a potential threat to our country's national defense," said General Wilson, who attended the White House event.  "We support the First Lady's leadership on reducing child obesity, which is clearly a concern for parents and communities across the country. We believe improving school nutrition is a critical step in helping families and communities address this national security imperative."

Wilson and Seip are members of Mission: Readiness, a group of retired admirals and generals who support research-based approaches to ensure that young people will have many career options as adults, including military service if they choose that path.

Mission: Readiness is calling on Congress to support at least $1 billion per year in additional funding to help improve nutrition standards for meals served in school, after school and in child care settings. The group is also seeking improved nutrition standards for all competitive foods and beverages sold on school grounds. The retired military leaders believe that improving nutrition in America's schools will help prevent and reduce obesity, thus ensuring that more young Americans will have the option of military service.

"To be sure, our military stands ready to protect against those who would threaten our security," Lt. Gen. Seip said. "But in order to sustain our military strength for the future, we must ensure that future generations of Americans are fit to serve in a 21st century military."  

For a list of our members and more information, go to www.missionreadiness.org.  

Mission: Readiness is the nonprofit, bi-partisan organization of senior retired military leaders ensuring continued American security and prosperity into the 21st century by calling for smart investments in the next generation of American children.

SOURCE Mission: Readiness

RELATED LINKS
http://www.missionreadiness.org/

'/>"/>

SOURCE Mission: Readiness
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Retired Fed. & GA State Employees Get New Hearing Healthcare Benefit, Jan. 2010
2. Retired General Touts Benefits of Chiropractic in the Military
3. Association of Retired Xerox Employees Initiate Legal Proceedings Against Xerox Corporation
4. Cord Blood America $1.6 Million in Debt Retired in Third Quarter 2009
5. Retired or Laid Off? Why Not Operate Your Own Business in 2009! Invest in YOU. Become an Entrepreneur!
6. Mayo clinic: Retired national football league linemen have high incidence of sleep apnea
7. New Dakim Campaign Promotes Brain Fitness for Seniors with Elderly Holding Signs Declaring My Brain Is Not Retired
8. Special Discounts On Fertility Treatment For Active Duty and Retired Military
9. 100 NFL Legends Coming Together in Tampa During Super Bowl Week to Raise Awareness and Funds for Retired Players in Crisis
10. Newly Released Book by Retired Scientist Links Self-Control of Hormones to Perfecting One's Life
11. Retired Heart Surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell Celebrates 65th Birthday by Placing First in Arizona Ironman Competition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their ... Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ... Pro X users can now reveal the media of their split screens with ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are ... the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in ... Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . , For the American ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... their direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. ... for tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room ... Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. ... of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... surgery procedures that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state ... procedures, but also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... Tests" report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the ... analysis in the report includes the following: ... Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NAMUR , Belgium , ...  (NYSE MKT: VNRX), today announced the appointment of ... Board of Directors as a Non-Executive Director, effective ... the Company,s Audit, Compensation and Nominations and Governance ... Board, Dr. Futcher will provide independent expertise and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... 2022" report to their offering. ... with kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by ... and thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: